Jose Mourinho accused of being ‘left behind’ in scathing attack on Tottenham boss

Jose Mourinho still has a shot at winning the FA Cup in his first season in charge at Tottenham, but Tony Cascarino doesn’t think the Spurs boss has what it takes to deliver a trophy in north London. Tottenham have endured a sticky patch of form in recent weeks with their last win being a comeback victory against Aston Villa last month.

Their poor form has affected their top-four hopes as they are currently five points adrift of Chelsea.

And Tottenham face elimination from the Champions League as they head into their second leg against RB Leipzig with a 1-0 deficit.

It puts increasing pressure on Mourinho to deliver in the FA Cup, a competition he has only won once in his career.

The Portuguese coach does have one of the best resumes in football management having won an array of trophies at every club he has been at.

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That will be put to the test at Tottenham with the club having gone 11 seasons without a trophy.

Mauricio Pochettino came close last year after reaching the Champions League final with the club expected to build on that success this campaign.

Injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min while the transfer debacle surrounding Christian Eriksen has hampered their cause though with Mourinho having to battle without and out-and-out striker.

But Cascarino doesn’t think Mourinho can use that as an excuse and he adds Tottenham have gone backwards under Mourinho’s stewardship.


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“I don’t see Jose as a challenging manager anymore,” he said on talkSPORT.

“I was always very careful with the words I chose and what I said about Jose, because he could make you eat humble pie, but I don’t feel that any more.

“I don’t feel that Jose is going to surprise me. I think there are younger managers coming into the game and Mourinho has been left behind.

“Yes he’s been very successful and he’s got all the trophies, but that’s in the past – that’s not today. Today he’s got a very average Spurs team and he’s not making them better.

“They lost against Wolves at the weekend, and if you thought who’d be the better manager for the next five years, forget the past, who would you have, Nuno or Mourinho?


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“I look at Nuno and I look at Jose and I know which one will win a trophy next.”

He added: “Even their two victories against Southampton and Man City, they were by chance in some ways.

“Let’s not kid ourselves, it was no masterclass in coaching, Spurs got away with it; Man City easily could have won, and Southampton likewise.

“Tottenham fans aren’t deluded; they know their team is playing really poorly and Mourinho is trying to pull the wool over everybody’s eyes about where they are.

“This team has gone backwards, I feel.”

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